David Brock was in the audience for the 2015 UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Fashion Show, cheering for fellow bariatric surgery patients and wondering when he, too, would fit into regular-sized clothing. This year, a total of 100 pounds lighter, he will be on the stage showing off his “skinny jeans.”
“That means they touch my skin,” Brock said. “I can finally shed the last of my clown suits,” or what’s left of his before-surgery, oversized wardrobe.
The 13th Annual UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Fashion Show — called “An Evening with the Stars” — will showcase Brock plus nine other UC Davis Health System patients who lost a significant amount of weight following weight-loss surgery.
The event is Friday, Jan. 29, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center auditorium, located at 4501 X St. in Sacramento. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, with proceeds benefiting the program’s education, clinical and research initiatives. Tickets are available by contacting Judy Tsurutani at 916-734-7326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the show, the models will share brief personal stories and photos of themselves prior to surgery, and then walk the runway in the latest fashions for business, leisure and formal occasions from Kohl’s and Men’s Wearhouse. Their hair and makeup will be done by students of Paul Mitchell The School Sacramento.
The event, however, is about more than clothes and weight, according to Angela Damron, clinical dietitian with the Bariatric Surgery Program.
“The fashion show symbolizes an overall transformation,” Damron said. “It’s amazing to watch. As the weight comes off and health returns, patients start doing all sorts of things they didn’t think they’d ever be able to do again.”
This is true for Brock, who had surgery in July 2014. In addition to healthier blood sugar and blood pressure levels, he now has the stamina to play in the park with his 6-year-old granddaughter.
“The other day, she got tired before I did,” Brock said.
The UC Davis Bariatric Surgery Program has been recognized as a Comprehensive Center by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The evidence-based, comprehensive program — proven to lead to significant, sustained weight loss — includes nutrition, exercise and psychological support in addition to surgical and nonsurgical treatment options. The program’s expert team, including surgeons Jonathon Pierce and Aaron Carr, is led by Mohamed Ali, a national leader in obesity treatment and research. More information is at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/bariatric/